Podcast 010- Forcing Morality

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In this episode of the podcast we talk about instilling morality into works, whether that works or not and whether it is actually something to aim for. We also take a detour into discussing the ways morality is framed, especially in videogames.

This is a somewhat shorter episode than usual, possibly to the relief of some. If you prefer this shorter episode, or would rather the longer format, please let us know!

For this recording Andrew Smith was unfortunately unable to attend, but we hope the episode is still of interest. The topic covered arose out of a general skype conversation about a few random topics, and as such has a rather abrupt opening. I have kept the originating topic in the recording to save any confusion as to how the conversation came about.

The only example of note (which admittedly is used badly) is Fable 3.

Any comments or suggestions at all just let us know!

Podcast 009- Art and Gender

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In this episode, the Epiloguists discuss the intersection of Culture and Feminism, sexism, and where the creative process interacts with these issues and pressures.
Recorded on the 2nd of June, this episode was prompted in some small part by the “Tropes vs. Women” Video series by Anita Sarkeesian, which we reference a few times but do not directly discuss.
(This episode has been in editing hell for some time, as you can see from the recording date.)

For this episode of the Podcast we were joined by Monica Ray of Phuzzy Comics, who very kindly agreed to be on the recording and provide her insight. Go check out her stuff at the link above!

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Podcast 008 – Consumption, Struggle, and Creation

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In this episode, the Epiloguists (sans Andrew, who could not join us for the recording) discuss the woes of ageing, the changing ways of ingesting culture and our very interests, we think about the legacies that may outlive us, and the personal internal drives and strife around creating works in that vague order. Personally, I quite like how the conversation turned out, and I hope you do too.

You may notice that is has been a full month since this was recorded, and indeed a long while since an episode was actually released. The blame lies squarely with me (Elliot), and that is quite simply because both this and a previously recorded but unreleased episode got caught in audio editing hell. The unreleased recording will remain so due to unrecoverable audio issues, sadly.

I am glad to say however that we are on track to having an actual schedule, and I have already begun editing the next episode which should come out next week.

I hope you find this episode interesting, and would love to hear any feedback about anything we ramble on about in this episode.

Podcast 007 – Art, Interpretation, and The Author

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In this episode, the Epiloguists discuss the relationship between a creator and their work,as well as the power and influence that interpretations can have over a work and its consumption. We also briefly touch on questions regarding the re-interpretation of works both in current and historic instances.
We also mention a pair of metaphors that are starting to become common/mimetic in the podcast: lenses and baseball.

We hope you find this episode interesting, and would love to hear any feedback about of the topics discussed or points raised.

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Podcast 006 – Taste and Legitimacy

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In this episode, the Epiloguists discuss the concept and application of taste when it comes to artistic works. In particular we discuss the importance and impact of taste, how one acquires or adapts their taste, as well the idea of high and low culture and how this can be applied.
We also weave an extended Baseball metaphor and discuss how taste intersects with the legitimacy of works, and the intent behind their creation with a particular focus on our reactions to the Visual Novels produced by the company Key.

We hope you find this episode interesting, and would love to hear any feedback about of the topics discussed or points raised.

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Podcast 005 – Appraising Culture

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The Epiloguists discuss how we view, evaluate and evolve cultural identity, the way we comprehend and teach art in the west, and growing pains of culture. This conversation grew out of a concern that Dan brought to the group that is outlined at the start of the episode, and escalated from there.
Please note this episode is even more roundabout than our normal discussions – we don’t presume to reach or provide a solid answer and this is more of a group chat as we think about and expand on the topics discussed.

We hope you find this episode interesting, and would love to hear feedback about any part of the episode as we think it could lead it interesting discussions.

I would also like to take this space to apologise about the delay releasing this episode. This is entirely down to myself (Elliot). Sadly due to unrecoverable audio issues some of the later conversation is lost, but I believe this is still an interesting episode regardless.

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Podcast 004 – Fictional Worlds

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The Epiloguists explore how we interact with fictional worlds- what makes them convincing, the ways in which a viewer can be drawn into them, and how both viewer and creator interact with these created worlds. There is also a particular focus on the types of information conveyed about the created world and what this can mean to the reader and the work itself.
We also indulge ourselves by talking out our favourite examples of fictional worlds and why we are drawn to them as a light-hearted closing segment.

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No Episode This Week, Apologies

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Hello!

Just wanted to let you know that there is no episode this week, owing to personal obligations among the hosts and the imminent arrival of the Holiday Season.
We wanted to make sure there was a notification podcast uploaded (attached to this post) so that people subscribed via iTunes knew about this.

Hope you all have a wonderful end-of-year, and we will be back in 2013!

Podcast 003 – Art and Immortality

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The Epiloguists explore the relationship between art and immortality, discussing what is meant when a work is declared “immortal”, how important works are passed on in culture, and if a creator should make a work with an intended future in mind, among other talking points.
For the second half of the episode we also discuss whether the arts have special consideration in cultural history(?), and close out with their own viewpoints on “immortality” as it relates to the arts.

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